DAVID H. SMITH of HAWKES BAY, New Zealand has collected a series of recordings of Maritime and Aviation More code. Mr. Smith holds Post Master General certification as radio officer and is amateur radio operator ZL2WT, G3VBJ, ZL2BBB. CW operator. Fists member # 9067. Ex Merchant Navy Radio Officer. Member of the ROA (Radio Officers' Association). Member of New Zealand Vintage Radio Society. Hobby is researching the history of maritime wireless telegraphy. Presently restoring a working replica of a 1960 ships's radio room.
A special thanks to Jimmy W making access to these recordings conveniently possible in cyberspace by way of this platform. 🙂
August 1, 2017 Subject:
Thanks for keeping the torch lit!
Strangely enough, the recorded evidence of this bygone discipline seems to be limited to the collections of Mr. Smith, Mr. Ring and the curators of the Maritime Radio Historical Society. Mea culpa if I missed anyone, but it still astounds me that the physical footprint of such an enormous, rich and formative history is now encapsulated in only a few precious resources such as these. Bravo Zulu to those who had the foresight to capture and preserve it for posterity, for it was an amazing time. In the internet and satellite age it's easy to lose sight of the marvelous professionalism and knowledge with which yesterday's radio operators connected the globe by relaying messages over the quirky and unpredictable medium of high frequency radio.